CHSS kicks off academic year with annual fall meeting

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The College held its Annual Fall Opening Meeting on August 21 to mark the start of the academic year. Dean Alvin Alvarez opened the meeting with a talk that underscored the College’s commitment to student success.

Dean Alvarez at podiumOther speakers were Circle of Excellence Committee representative Celeste Rivera; representatives of University Development’s Corporate & Foundation Relations team; and CHSS Associate Director of Development Ashley McCormack.

A highlight of the meeting was a series of speakers who spoke passionately and candidly about their personal backgrounds, challenges they have overcome, and how their education and experiences have transformed their lives.

Aileen Andrade, a health education student, talked about the inspiration she drew from her parents — immigrants from Ecuador and El Salvador who taught her "how to fight and push forward." She wants a career in public health and would like to continue her education and pursue an MPH.

Christine Nevarez has had a lifelong love of working with children. She discussed the challenges she faced as a parent attempting to balance school, work and family, and having to interrupt her education multiple times. She now has her B.A. in Child & Adolescent Development, and says she no longer sees barriers, because she knows how to overcome them.

crowd at meeting

Deep Singal, a student in dietetics, knew he wanted to pursue a health-related career like others in his family. He was drawn to dietetics because it would give him the opportunity to assist patients. His experience includes working as a volunteer intern at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. He has learned how dietetics can be a driving force in preventive and rehabilitative care.

Christoph Zepeda, a counseling student, discussed challenges that inspired his desire to give back. “Statistically, I shouldn’t be here,” he said. His goal is a career in mental health counseling, and he would like to serve LGBTQQIA patients. He noted the importance of the caring professors who have supported him in his journey.